Terrible news for low income women in Texas. Thanks to the meddling and anti-birth control obsessed governor Rick Perry, there will no longer be government funding for women’s health care in Texas. This is because Perry has began implementing a new law the removes Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid Women’s Health Program.
How did this happen? Read on and see how Rick Perry’s stupidity has cost single mom’s, elderly women and female students access to mammograms, cervical cancer screenings and birth control.
What did Rick Perry do to women’s health benefits in Texas?
When Rick Perry decided to attack women’s rights and exclude Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid Program, he actually broke federal Medicaid rules by discriminating against qualified family planning providers. Due to this discriminatory act, the state will lose the entire program, which provides cancer screenings, contraceptives and basic health care to 130,000 low-income women each year.
“We very much regret the state’s decision to implement this rule, which will prevent women enrolled in the program from receiving services from the trusted health care providers they have chosen and relied upon for their care,” she wrote. “In light of Texas’ actions, CMS is not in a position to extend or renew the current [Medicaid contract].”
According to Medicaid law, Mann said, a state cannot restrict women’s ability to choose a provider simply because that provider offers separate services — in this case, abortion — that aren’t even paid for by the Medicaid program.
Rick Perry taking away medical coverage for women in Texas makes unplanned pregnancies all the more likely to happen.
So…to sum up, Rick Perry is implementing a discriminitory law against Planned Parenthood which violated the rules of Medicade, because he doesn’t agree with the fact that Planned Parenthood provides abortion (although this consists of only 3% of what Planned Parenthood does as a women’s health provider).
This resulted in all medical coverage by Medicaid being taken away for women in the state of Texas and since abortions were never covered by the state, Rick Perry hasn’t actually prevented any abortions. Now with less birth control available, he’ll most likely be raising the abortion rate.
This is a sad day for low income women in Texas. My advice? Start sending letters to all the different Texas congressmen. Here is a great site for contacting your congressman.